30 Jul 2017

Temperatures dived overnight - Metservice

10:32 am on 30 July 2017

Temperatures plummeted to well below zero overnight in many parts of the country.

The Canterbury high country recorded the coldest temperatures, with Mount Cook falling to -13.3°C and Tekapo dropping to about -10°C.

Christchurch reached a low of -6°C, and in the Southern Lakes it was -8°C.

In the centre of the North Island, the Desert Road and Waiurou got down to about -7°C.

A Metservice duty forecaster, Kyle Lee, said some areas would have had severe frosts.

"We got down to quite a lot of negatives in a lot of areas due to the clear skies for most of the country."

Meanwhile, Auckland had its coldest night for two years - at 1.4°C.